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Decorating your Dorm Room!

Kahle Toothill on Sunday, 29 July 2007. Posted in Residence Life

Almost exactly four years ago I found myself extremely anxious.  Anxious about leaving home, meeting new friends, my major and moving into a dorm.  If you were like me, you would be worrying about how to decorate your dorm.  A lot of you are probably scurrying around right now shopping like crazy and getting ready to move into a dorm for the first time.  The first step to decorating the room is to get an idea of how big it is. Here is the layout of a typical dorm room at RIT:

Double rooms in the residence halls come in two basic shapes:

  • Rectangular, measuring approximately 18' long by 10' wide. These rooms are generally located in the high-rise sections of the residence halls.
  • Square, approximately 12' long by 14' wide. These rooms are generally located in the low-rise sections.

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The second step is to know what to bring and what to leave at home. For example, when they say you can bring a “mini” fridge, they mean “mini”. Oh, and no pets - only fish.

Third, talk to your roomate and collaborate with him/her.  Chances are you won't need two refridgerators or two extra chairs.  Sometimes it is a lot easier (and less expensive) to share the burden of all the necessities with your roomie. 

Now that you have an idea of what the dorm will look like it's time to decorate. My advice on decorating is to pick a color, or even better – a color theme that you want to go with. Try to get staple items that will match the theme and go from there. Don’t be afraid to mix patterns and shades of colors – it’s college – you’re allowed to do this kind of stuff! Make it fun… but don’t overwhelm your space. You do have to study there and you don’t want al the way cool stuff you just bought to distract you.

There are plenty of stores in the Henrietta area where you can shop to purchase pretty decent dorm accessories. My favorites are Target and Pier1 , which are essentially across the street from one another. If you want to travel a little further and get classy, there is a Pottery Barn about 15 miles away from campus. Here is a short list of some stores nearby that I can think of off the top of my head:

Circuit City
Bed Bath and Beyond
Linens and Things
JC Penny
Pier 1
Wegman’s (they stock more than groceries!)

Here are some pictures of decorated dorms rooms I found online that I really like to give you an idea of possible color themes and items that you may find useful:

Here are some more pages you may find helpful:
Cheap Dorm Room Decorating
Choosing a Color Scheme
Dorm Living Checklist
HGTV's solution to a Cramped Dorm Room

Get creative. Have fun. Don’t get more than you need at first; get settled in and go from there. If you have any questions about the dorm rooms or decorating them, let me know – I’ve lived in the dorms for 2 years and the on-campus apartments for 2 years also. Happy decorating!